ICRAF flyer: How do you want your cup of cocoa? Sustainable and Fair, please! ”.
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The flyer is developed for resource mobilisation purposes and outlines current challenges and ways agroforestry/ICRAF can respond to them. Though it is focused on Cameroon, the information in it is also valid for similar areas in Cote d’Ivoire, Ghana, Democratic Republic of Congo, etc.
Cameroon, the fifth-largest cocoa grower in the world, earns 250 billion CFA francs (US$523 million) a year from the commodity, accounting for about half its primary-sector exports and employing some six million people. In response to a continuous 2% a year rise in global demand for chocolate, the government of Cameroon aims to boost output to 600,000 tonnes per year by 2020. However, industry experts and farmers are skeptical.
The country’s ambition to triple cocoa production and become one of the world’s top three producers within a decade is being hampered by a failure to make ageing plantations more profitable and attract young farmers to the sector. The country faces the same challenges as the West African cocoa sector as a whole, including low productivity and poverty in farming communities, limited infrastructure, a rapidly aging farming population, and few examples of strong cooperatives or other forms of smallholder business organizations.
But there is hope. Some of the global chocolate industry’s biggest players, such as Ferrero, Mars and Hershey, have expressed their commitment to achieving a sustainable cocoa sector by the year 2020. Introducing certification standards in the cocoa sector is expected to create financial and non-financial incentives for cocoa producers to sustainably increase cocoa productivity and quality.
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